Upcoming events

    • Wed, March 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peninsula Room I (Second floor of the Northern Center, formerly known as the University Center) on the campus of NMU in Marquette

    General Membership Meeting Agenda
    “What’s New Employment Update”
    By Steve Palazzolo

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    Peninsula I Conference Room
    2nd Floor of the Northern Center
    Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI


    9:30 AM-10:00 AM

    Networking and light breakfast

    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    What’s New” Employment Update”- New laws, policies and litigation are changing the regulatory landscape that governs how human resource professionals manage labor and employment issues.

    Join us in the morning session as Steve Palazzolo, labor and employment attorney from Warner Norcross + Judd, provides an update on regulatory changes and tools needed to manage a wide array of issues, including: PMLA, workplace safety issues such as marijuana in the workplace and the impact of the coronavirus, as well as EEOC, FMLA, FSLA and NLRB issues.

    The session will focus on trends in labor & employment law with a solid discussion and best practices to implement in the workplace. 

    12:00 PM- 1:15 PM

    Lunch (on your own)

    1:15 PM- 3:30 PM

    “Anatomy of a Discharge Case”- Have you ever been deposed by a plaintiff's attorney?  Have you ever defended your company policies in a legal proceeding? Have you ever had to testify before a jury?  How would you hold up?

    Failure to comply with basic HR practices can seriously impact an employee discharge and complicate your defense of the ensuing EEOC charge and litigation. This session will not only provide best practices for personnel management, but also demonstrate what can happen when those practices are not followed.

    In the afternoon session, Steve Palazzolo will illustrate a common scenario, beginning with a troubled employee relationship, and follow the problem through a workplace investigation, EEOC charge, pretrial discovery, and ultimately a trial with an aggressive cross-examination by a plaintiff’s trial lawyer. In this exercise, you’ll see what the HR professionals did right and wrong, and discuss the potential consequences that may be avoided by following best practices.


    Steve Palazzolo counsels clients on employee issues, policy development, NLRB, ADA, FMLA, FLSA and international labor relations. His services extend to acquisitions, immigration, employee benefits, campaign finance, employment litigation and civil rights. Steve represents numerous organizations in the automotive supply industry, agriculture, finance, food processing, hospitality, manufacturing, marketing and service industries, ranging from start-ups to large Fortune 500 clients. He advises clients in the Midwest, United States, Asia, Europe and South and Central America. Steve is a frequent speaker for industry organizations, including the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

    Steve brings valuable expertise to his practice through his unique work history. Prior to law school, he was a shop floor supervisor in both union and non-union food processing plants. He spent 11 years as in-house counsel in labor and employment law and oversaw the HR department for a multi-billion-dollar multinational corporation with extensive manufacturing operations.

    • Wed, June 10, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Peninsula Room I (Second floor of the Northern Center, formerly known as the University Center) on the campus of NMU in Marquette



    • Fri, October 09, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Island Resort and Casino


    On behalf of UPHRA and the Superiorland Chapter of SHRM, we are pleased to present the 17th annual H.R. Fall Forum to be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, MI. The fall Forum has become the U.P.'s premier H.R. training event with a variety of information needed by any size organization in any field. Plan now to attend--this is an event you can't afford to miss.

    Registration (OPENING IN JULY)

    Registration fees are $65 for UPHRA members and $85 for non-UPHRA members in advance and $100 the day of the conference.  The cost includes a light continental breakfast, lunch, education sessions and conference materials. Advance registration will close on Monday, October 5 at 11:59 p.m.


    Fall Forum Website          

Past events

Wed, January 29, 2020 "HR 101" Presented by UPHRA, Laura Katers Reilly and Susan MacGregor
Mon, December 16, 2019 RESCHEDULED- UPHRA/SCHRP General Meeting
Wed, November 13, 2019 UPHRA/SCHRP General Meeting
Fri, September 13, 2019 2019 U.P. Fall Forum
Thu, September 12, 2019 U.P. Fall Forum Golf Outing/Welcome Reception
Wed, May 08, 2019 UPHRA/SCHRP General Meeting
Wed, March 06, 2019 RESCHEDULED- UPHRA/SCHRP General Meeting
Wed, December 12, 2018 UPHRA/SCHRP General Meeting
Fri, October 26, 2018 U.P. Fall Forum
Thu, October 25, 2018 U.P. Fall Forum Welcome Reception
Wed, August 08, 2018 Quarterly Meeting- Q3
Thu, May 24, 2018 Quarterly Meeting- Q2
Wed, February 21, 2018 Quarterly Meeting- Q1

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